5 September 2023
How polluted is the air in your street?
Every year thousands of people in the Netherlands die due to the toxic air they breathe in. How can we prevent the air from becoming more and more polluted with toxic substances?
In the episode "Toxic Air" by the Dutch Scientific television program Focus, Petra Grijzen has a conversation with Utrecht professor Roel Vermeulen. He explains how he and his research team research air quality. Together they visit the new city district of Cartesius Utrecht, which is currently under construction, a place where people can live longer healthier lives.
The environment we live in has a dominant impact on our health. It explains an estimated seventy percent of the chronic disease burden. Where we live, what we eat, how much we exercise, the air we breathe and whom we associate with; all of these environmental factors play a role. The combination of these factors over the life course is called the exposome. There is general (scientific) consensus that understanding more about the exposome will help explain the current burden of disease and that it provides entry points for prevention and ...Read More